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By Bert Priddle

Special Contributor

Tom’s Home Renovations 84

TWS Graphics 65

Tom’s Home Renovations had its work cut out in the first half, as the final score fails to reflect how close the game was in the first half. But Tom’s Home Renovation picked up the defense in the second half to put an end to TWS Graphics’ chances. Mike Ramos played a solid game on both ends and finished with 17 points. Big man Joe Howell (14 points) was great underneath on both the defensive and offensive boards. Ken Young had a big second half when he scored seven of his nine points.

TWS Graphics played a tough first half on a steaming hot Tuesday night, but the second half hustle of Tom’s Home Renovations helped put a stop to a second-half run. The duo of Paul Collette (16 points) and Adam Deluca (15 points) set the tone. Adam did most of his damage in the first half while Paul helped spark the second-half run. After a solid first half, TWS found itself down by 14 points going into the second half, when Larry Colburn (eight points) started to get hot from beyond the arch and the rest of the team followed. TWS pulled to within nine points before Tom’s Home Renovations put the clamps down on defense.

Pepperell Recreation 65

Buster’s Crew 26

For Pepperell Recreation there was only one name to know and that was Bob Hopkins, who was on fire in the first half from everywhere, en route to a night-leading 30 points. Captain Donald Hunt chipped in offensively with 12 points, plus strong offensive rebounding. Glen Spellman also had a solid game as he finished with nine points. The victory improved Pepperell Recreation to 5-0 for the season.

This was a tough game to watch, as the sun went down, so did Buster’s Crew’s chances of pulling off the upset. The highlight for Buster’s Crew was captain Dan Podgorni, who led his team in scoring and defensive play with 14 points. Ralph Rocco hit him a couple of times for buckets, and finished with a few free throws. On a hot day, and only running with five players, Buster’s Crew gave it all they had.

Janet Cramb Real Estate 86

Koivu Earthworks 48

This showdown under the hot sun was the PSBL game of the week, and Janet Cramb Real Estate quickly got out in front and never looked back. The win was keyed by fast passing, tight defense and solid offense in building a lofty 18-point halftime lead. Justin “Wrap-Around” Maly was one of the players in double digits for the winners with 19 points and a few beautiful, no-look dimes. Right behind him was sniper Matt Leone, who hit six three-pointers and finished with 18 points. His early shooting helped build the first half margin. Mike Shultz and Bret Chisholm were hot from behind the arch as well, finishing with 15 and 14 points, respectively. The win keeps Janet Cramb in the land of the undefeated at 5-0.

It seemed as though the heat got to Koivu Earthworks early, as the thermometer was hitting about 91 degrees at tip-off. Janet Cramb was just too fast for them to keep up. Tom MacDonald did his best to stop the bleeding with his nine points, but the lead was just too much. Koivu Earthworks made a small run late in the first half when it pulled to within 10 points, but never got any closer. Josh Ivy had a big first half with all eight of his points. This was Koivu Earthworks’ first loss of the season, and they will surely bounce back from this in the next game.

Glow Chiropractic 83

MASY Systems 60

MASY’s chances of an upset were denied by the swarming defense and Glow Chiropractic’s ability to pick the MASY guards’ pockets. Big man Brian Saranovitz had himself a second half with 18 of his 20 points. No one seemed to be missing in the second half as Mike Duarte had a great half, which included as nice two-handed dunk on a breakaway for the first dunk of the season. He finished with 17 points. No one could match the height of Peter Saba down low as he was a monster on the boards and finished with 14 points.

MASY Systems was looking for another big upset and it looked like it could be in position to pull it off, but things started to melt down in the second half as Glow Chiropractic pulled away. MASY’s scoring was balanced as Tyler LaPierre led the way with 15 points while Todd Monroe added 13. Scott Cobleigh, Zach Dupell and Ronnie Brown all had great first halves and each scored six points. Scott Miln (five points) played great defensively and had a couple of key steals in the first half.